Common Profiles of Struggling Readers—and How to Better Support These Students

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While the category of “struggling readers” is broad, we can identify common profiles of students who struggle. This raises some obvious questions. If we know why so many students struggle, then why do national reading scores continue to decline—and why do many interventions fail to produce the desired results?

Watch this webinar for the answers, as we explore recent studies of how students are performing in reading and how they grow (or fail to grow) across school years.

You’ll understand:
  • The most common profiles of struggling readers
  • When reading interventions have the greatest chance of success
  • How to track your interventions’ effectiveness at the system, school, and classroom levels—and when to fade or intensify your efforts
  • How to make the most of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework to guide reading proficiency by grade 3


Gene KernsGene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown, Ph.D. is a national MTSS consultant and author. She formerly served as Senior Director of MTSS Solutions at Renaissance and as Bureau Chief at the Iowa Department of Education. She is co-author of the book Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1.